Dave Belenets, 93, of Mountainside, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at his home.
Dave was born on October 30, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Eva (nee Skislak) Belenets.
Dave survived the Great Depression Era and served in the United States Army Military Police during World War II at Oak Ridge, TN. He later married Patricia McHugh of Leitrim, Ireland and they raised four children in Mountainside, NJ. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Mountainside, NJ. He worked for NJ Bell as an engineer for 40 years before retiring in 1985. He was a family man and loved spoiling all twelve grandchildren. He enjoyed boating, camping, auto repair, photography, computing, and staying active. He loved riding his motorcycle and welding various things, he was a “jack of all trades” and there was nothing he couldn’t fix.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia Belenets. He was the father of four children; daughter, Ann Marie Belenets-Bushek and husband Robert of Andalusia, PA, daughter, Susan P. Polachek and husband Rick of Dallas, TX, son, Daniel T. Belenets and wife Diana of Chester, NJ,and daughter, Linda W. Balto and husband Dan of Hopewell, NJ. He was the cherished grandfather of twelve grandchildren; Christopher, Kevin, Tara, Alanna Rose Bushek, Katie, Caleb, Samuel, David Polachek, Sean and Elease Belenets, and Krista and Marissa Balto. He is also survived by three nephews; Edward and wife Cathie Smialowicz, Dennis and wife Nancy Smialowicz, Nicholas Belenets, and many great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Nicholas Belenets and sister, Mary Smialowicz.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 300 Central Ave, Mountainside, NJ 07092. An interment will follow at St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Summit, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Sisters of Charity Convent Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 476, Convent Station, NJ or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. For further information, please visit, www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.